Mission & Vision


We lead our students to recognize the central role of critical reflection on ideas and values in rigorous logical arguments. We emphasize creative and critical thinking, reading and writing skills. We promote learning situations in which students are able to practice application of these skills with case-based learning techniques and with continual discussion of the real-world applications of principles or abstract theories.

We foster supportive supervision practices that lead students to become part of in a vibrant postgraduate community and to grow independent research and thinking skills based on rigorous research methodology and practices.


This department is focused on guiding students in rigorous analysis of real-world social, moral, and political problems and encourages and facilitates inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary engagement.

The department is committed to increasing student success through excellent supportive teaching, which includes one of the best tutor programmes in the Faculty; as well as through supervision practices driven by state-of-the-art research, a committed internationalisation programme which includes as core element the building of research networks in Africa, and the fostering of a vibrant, supportive postgraduate community.


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